Agency tried to charge care homes £2,700 a shift for workers

23 February 2019 – Guardian

One of the country’s biggest providers of agency health workers was accused of “profiteering” after trying to charge care homes up to £2,700 to supply a staff member for one shift.

Newcross Healthcare has already been exposed for fining workers £50 when they call in sick, and quoted the sky-high charges in a price list sent out to homes looking for cover over Christmas.

Newcross – which supplies thousands of agency health workers to care homes, many of whose residents have their fees paid by local councils – stated that it would be charging triple its normal Sunday day rates to supply staff on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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